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63rd Annual MLSA Conference – Restoration is Possible

Friday, April 26 & Saturday, April 27, 2024

Registration

Register here for Conference, MiCorps CLMP Training, and Field Trips

  • Registration will be open until April 18, 2024 – don’t forget to reserve your room below!

Location

The Brand New VanDyk Mortgage Convention Center in Muskegon, MI – Explore Muskegon

Hotel Room Block: Book your group rate for MLSA Annual Conference here

  • Delta Hotels Muskegon Convention Center for $149 per night
  • Last day to book your room is Sunday, March 24, 2024

Event Sponsors

Special Sponsorships from:

     

Platinum:

                    Eden Lakes

Gold:

Silver:

         

Fill out this form to sponsor this event! The sooner you commit the more exposure your logo, website, and company will receive.

You can download a sponsorship guide with details about each level here: 2024 Conference Sponsorship and Exhibiting

Friday Agenda

7:30AM – Registration opens

8:00AM to 9:00AM – Hot Breakfast Buffet
MLSA and MiCorps Welcome and Legislative Update

9:00AM to 5:00PM – MiCorps Training

9:00AM to 10:00AM – Panel on Septic Regulation in Michigan

10:30AM to Noon – Morning Break-outs – 3 options

  • Wild Rice and Arctic Grayling
  • Phosphorus and HABs
  • Septics from a DNR and EGLE perspective

Noon to 1:00pm – Lunch and Raffle

1:30PM to 3:00PM – Afternoon Break-outs – 3 options

  • Association Best Practices
  • Aquatic Plant Surveys and non-chemical Eurasian Watermilfoil control
  • Dowagiac River Restoration

3:30PM to 5:00PM – Afternoon Break-outs – 3 options

  • Waterfowl and other wildlife
  • Aquatic Invasive Species: Hydrilla, European Frogbit, and Didymo
  • Shoreline Habitat improvement

5:00PM to 6:00PM – Happy Hour and Raffle
Awards Presentation
Riparian of the Year Award
Scholarship Award

6:00PM to 7:00PM – Dinner Served

7:30PM – Riparian Rights Q&A with Attorney Cliff Bloom

Please Note: Times and session details may change before the program is finalized.

Saturday Agenda

7:00AM – Registration opens

7:30AM to 8:30AM – Hot Breakfast Buffet and Raffle
Breakfast with Cliff: Riparian Rights Update with Attorney Cliff Bloom

9:00AM to 10:00AM – Saturday Keynote Speaker: A Discussion with Author, Dan Egan
Dan Egan for many years covered the Great Lakes for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Now he writes occasional long-form pieces about climate change for national media outlets, including the New York Times, and is a senior water policy fellow at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee’s School of Freshwater Sciences. He is the author of THE DEVIL’S ELEMENT: PHOSPHORUS AND A WORLD OUT OF BALANCE and the New York Times best seller THE DEATH AND LIFE OF THE GREAT LAKES. Twice a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, he has won the Alfred I. duPont–Columbia University Award, John B. Oakes Award, AAAS Kavli Science Journalism Award, and J. Anthony Lukas Work-in-Progress Award. A graduate of the Columbia Journalism School, he lives in Milwaukee with his wife and children.

10:00AM to 11:00AM – Longer morning break for Dan Egan book signing and room check out.

10:30AM to 12:30PM – Aquatic Plant ID

11AM to 12:30PM – Morning Break-outs – 2 options and field trip

  • Stormwater Treatment Train
  • Building Capacity to fight AIS
  • Field Trip – 11AM departure: Join the crew of the Jackson for a boat trip on Muskegon Lake and out to Lake Michigan. There will be a stop at a water monitoring station on the way too. This trip will be approximately 1.5 hours.

12:30PMLunch and Raffle

1:30PM to 2:30PM – MiCorps CLMP Training: Aquatic Plant Mapping

1:30PM to 3:00PM – Afternoon Break-outs – 2 options and field trip

  • Lake Property Taxes
  • GVSU Student Reports
  • Field Trip – 1:30PM departure: Join the crew of the Jackson for a boat trip on Muskegon Lake and out to Lake Michigan. There will be a stop at a water monitoring station on the way too. This trip will be approximately 1.5 hours.

Please Note: Times and session details may change before the program is finalized.

Nonprofit Exhibitors

MDHHS Division of Environmental Health

Fill out this form to exhibit at the conference as a nonprofit partner